Cybersecurity

Public Employees’ Use of Personal Phones, Tablets Puts Local Governments at Risk

A cybersecurity report found that 25% of state and local government employees use personal digital devices to telework while only 9% of federal employees do so.

Failed Poisoning Attempt Shows Vulnerability of Smaller Water Systems to Hackers

While cybersecurity resources can be scarce at small agencies, there are some basic steps they can take to protect themselves.

CISA, FBI Share Recommendations After Water Treatment Hack

The agencies say updating to the latest operating system is important, even if it wasn’t a factor in this particular incident.

Hack of Florida Water Treatment Plant Should Be a Wake-Up Call, Experts Say

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency should be involved every step of the way, a former presidential adviser said.

Hackers Tried to Poison a City's Drinking Water Supply

The cyberattack used remote access to toggle levels of sodium hydroxide at a water treatment plant near Tampa, Florida, but an operator at the facility quickly fixed the problem, officials said.

App Alerts State’s Residents to Suspicious Activity on Their Phones, Tablets

Michigan Secure app warns of phishing attempts, vulnerable software, risky settings and more.

State IT Officials Will Push for New Federal Grants to Help With Tech Upgrades

The group that represents chief information officers says the pandemic has highlighted how unemployment systems and other state and local technology need to be modernized.

New Law Aims to Help Localities Shift to '.Gov' Web Addresses

Many local governments rely on “.com” or “.org” URLs, making it easier for cyber criminals to trick users with imposter websites.

The Hack Roundup: Treasury Briefing Reignites Encryption Debate

Here are the news and updates about the suspected Russian hack you may have missed.

SolarWinds Hack Also Hit States and Local Governments, Reports Say

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Experts worry local news could spread anti-vax conspiracies … Minnesota officials want to keep up fence around state capitol .... Massachusetts town sets out empty chairs as Covid memorial.

What We Know About the SolarWinds Breach

The White House invoked Presidential Policy Directive-41 to coordinate a "whole of government" response.

FBI, CISA, State Leaders Warn Schools About Ransomware Threats

The percentage of ransomware attacks perpetrated against schools more than doubled in 2020.

These States Are Best Prepared for Challenges to Cybersecurity, Civic Tech

A state-by-state analysis by the Internet Association, a trade group for tech companies, examines states' IT modernization efforts against a handful of metrics.

A Big 2020 Election Hack Never Came. Here’s Why.

America’s cyber defenders are getting more proactive—and more chatty.

New Bill Would Codify States’ Ability to Use Federally Funded National Guard for Cybersecurity

National Guard troops currently being activated to monitor cybersecurity in the upcoming elections are paid for by states.

The Current and Future State of State IT Operations

COMMENTARY | Future trends in state IT were highlighted during the 2020 NASCIO Annual Conference.

How State IT Officials Ramped Up Capacity, Security As Workers Went Remote

From increasing the capacity of VPN infrastructure to rethinking the IT help desk, chief information officers had to address new challenges during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Following Ransomware Attack, Tyler Technologies Advises Clients to Change Passwords

The company is a leading provider of software to state and local governments. So far, it says it looks like the security breach has affected only its internal computer systems.